Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Amanda refer to hormones?

2. What is the name of the man who used to love and admire Amanda?

3. According to Elyot, what is the problem with being a specialist?

4. What happens to Amanda's apartment during the final fight?

5. What does Amanda and Elyot short their code to stop arguing to?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Elyot being hypocritical about Amanda's disclosure of her post-marital affairs?

2. Why would Elyot say that he and Amanda would have been perfectly happy with Victor and Sibyl?

3. Why does it seem that Elyot and Amanda are able to forgive each other silently during their time-outs?

4. After Amanda and Elyot make up during the "triple Sollocks," what happens that brings their happy mood down again and why?

5. What are some of the things that initially attracted Amanda to Victor?

6. In Act II, what does Elyot say that reveals his philosophy on life?

7. Why does Elyot say that, despite their current happiness, being separated was probably for the best?

8. What are Amanda's beliefs?

9. Elyot muses that he and Amanda are clearly in love after they have a small tiff. Amanda protests that he should not sound so bitter about the fact. Why would Elyot sound bitter or resigned when saying that he and Amanda are in love?

10. What do the reactions of Victor and Sibyl to the spectacle of Amanda and Elyot fighting suggest about their personalities?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Amanda declares to Victor that, "Chance rules my life." What does she mean by that? What does she do throughout the play that requires taking a chance? Using specific examples and actions from the text, argue whether Amanda really means what she says and, if so, how chance plays a part in the plot and her character development.

Essay Topic 2

Could there be any social repercussions from having domestic violence shown in an amusing light? What would happen if Elyot slapping Amanda did not lead to humorous results? How is a woman being slapped funny in this context? If you do not find it funny, then what would realistically happen if Amanda and Elyot were to really fight that way? Is it ever alright to use this for comedy? You may cite examples from other movies, plays, or books to support your answer, but make sure to use it alongside the text of the play.

Essay Topic 3

Elyot claims that women are all manipulative and crafty. Do you believe that Amanda and Sibyl are particularly manipulative? If they both are manipulative, is it in the same way and to achieve the same goals? Why or why not? What is the point of the manipulations? Are Victor and Elyot manipulative as well?

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